The islands of the Caribbean boast of some of the most alluring getaways than any other place on the planet. Travelers who have been fortunate enough to visit these parts have simply raved about the grand beaches, vivid colonial architecture and postcard-perfect scenery that has made the Caribbean a great base for holidaymakers.To assist you in locating the right island for your type of vacation, a list of the ten top destinations in the Caribbean has been given here. These are based on industry experts recommendations and feedback from frequent visitors to guide you to your ideal sandy retreat.
Top 10 Destinations in the Caribbean
A fascinating underwater world comprising of coral gardens, stunning marine life and sunken ships await the visitor to the warm waters of Curacao. If you get tired of the water, head to Willemstad to see the Queen Emma Bridge and visit the fascinating museum of Kura Hulanda.
2) Puerto Rico
Ranging from the adventurous to the historic, the attractions of Puerto Rico lie between these two extremes. Apart from the underground caves of Rio Camuy Cave Park and the ramparts of the 500-year-old El Morro fort, visitors can spend quality time at nightfall in the Mosquito Bay in Vieques to be mesmerized by the blue glow of the tiny microorganisms that live in these waters. Families and snorkelers can enjoy the Flamenco beach, said to be the most beautiful in Puerto Rico. Staying here is quite easy with the Caribbean vacation rentals.
Jamaica is one Caribbean island which will never let you get bored. From hiking, diving or playing a round of golf at the picturesque Tryall Club in Montego Bay, Jamaica is the perfect base for active visitors. One can simply doze at the beach or do the climb to Dunn’s River Falls & Park to have a terrific outing. Take your family to the Seven Mile Beach at Negril to sunbathe and sip a drink from the laid-back bars after sunset.
From sampling its world-famous rum at the historic St Nicholas Abbey to surfing at the Bathsheba Beach, Barbados is a paradise for outdoor activists. Another attraction here which is extremely popular is the Barbados Boardwalk, lying 4 miles south of Bridgetown. Golf courses, ancient homes, sports an abundance of wildlife and the famous Barbadian cave system await the discerning tourist to this lush green island.
5) The British Virgin Islands, Caribbean
Wading between the granite rocks and the colorful coves of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is said to be an experience of a lifetime for any visitor to the British Virgin Islands.This popular cruise ship destination has a plethora of activities which include, island hopping and some great diving sites like the RMS Rhone. The sandy jewels of Anegada and Cane Garden Bay are also a great draw with tourists.
Tucked between some of the most verdant mountain landscapes, the Guadeloupe National Park is without a doubt the number one tourist attraction of the sunny island of Guadeloupe. The unspoilt scenery, quaint chateaus dot some of the captivating islands that have been known to have even left the noted explorer Christopher Columbus overawed. The centuries-old plantations and distilleries produce some of the finest rum in the Caribbean here in Guadeloupe.
7) Grenada, Caribbean
The soft white sands of the popular Grand Anse Beach in Grenada are comparable with some of the best on any of the islands of the Caribbean.The streets of St George have been likened to a colorful oil painting because of the tastefully colored houses. The harbor, on the south-west shore, is considered to be the most beautiful in the Caribbean, while the oldest distillery in Grenada has been producing tongue tickling rum since 1785.
8) Punta Cana
The signature Punta Espada golf course is said to be the most stunning, not only in Punta Cana, but probably the whole of Caribbean. Having said that, there are other impressive golfing venues where a vacationer can perfect their swings.The vibrant atmosphere of the Punta Cana cave disco will draw you into the premises with its pounding beats. A trip to Manati island for birds and Dolphin island for marine life are highly recommended.
9) Turks and Caicos
Sun, sand and ultimate relaxation are what the islands of Turks and Caicos are most known for, especially on Providenciales. This archipelago of 40 low lying coral islands attracts holiday enthusiasts travel in large numbers to Grace Bay, Taylor Bay, Bright Reef and Smith’s Reef for beaches and scuba diving. The near-perfect weather makes the Turks and Caicos an ideal place to try a round of golf at the Provo Golf Club. Though sparsely populated and off most tourist radars, the Turks and Caicos have been transformed into a real luxury tourist destination. Life is extremely easy-paced the locals warm and friendly and diving sites really out of the ordinary.
10) US Virgin Islands
With two-third area of US Virgin Islands a designated parkland, you are hardly a few steps away from nature at all times here. The Virgin Islands National Park and other top attractions like Annaberg Plantation, Trunk and Caneel Bay are all within easy reach of each other. Despite a large number of visitors, the beaches here have managed to retain their rustic charm and serenity. It is unlikely that one can find any beach in the whole Caribbean with pearl white sands and aquamarine waters than the beaches of US Virgin Islands.
This Post is authored by Jyotsana Ramani. Jo as she is called, is a passionate globetrotter, wildlife enthusiast, thrill seeker and writer. She can be found on her blog - Wander with Jo